When Was The First Military Coup Carried Out in Nigeria?

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When was the first military coup carried out in Nigeria?


January 15, 1966
The 1966 Nigerian coup d'état on January 15, 1966, was the first military coup that was carried out in Nigeria by junior officers. The coup d'état toppled the government of President Nnamdi Azikiwe and Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa thereby rewriting the political, social and military history of the country.

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